I bought "Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri" from them about five minutes after I found out it was available. (Slow typist I.)
No DRM, installed in a blink, worked fine.
Recently, I was checking their site and discovered that the game had been "updated." Downloaded the update and installed it, only to discover that not only had they patched "Alpha Centauri," but the install now included the sequel, "Alien Crossfire," AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE.
Both games played like a dream right out of the download.
Now, mind you, I would cheerfully have paid another 5.99 for "Alien Crossfire." They would certainly have earned it.
My next step? I bought a gift copy for my pact brother. EA can go to the devil as far as I'm concerned. So-so gameplay and a "we own our customers" attitude will cost them a hell of a lot more in the long run than piracy ever will.
Actually, the best indication of true intelligence is when someone says "fuck you" or "bullshit" to bad or incompletely thought out ideas.
I'm wondering what would happen if Watson finds a cheap, simple, non-patentable cure for cancer. Would it have to be suppressed lest it put a huge chunk of the health-industrial complex out of business?
"It's funny he's earning so much respect from you guys considering he obviously doesn't have his son's respect."
"Another implication of the one-child policy is what's referred to as the 'little emperor' syndrome. Some social psychologists contend that many Chinese children, because they have no siblings, are not properly socialized into society. And in fact, these so-called Chinese singletons have been accused of being over-indulged, lacking in self discipline and having no adaptive capabilities."
Long before designer genes came along, the specter of tailored plagues mutating out of their controls and turning on their creators was (and is) a very real possibility. I recall several science-fiction stories (some in the sixties) which either mentioned the possibility or used it as a plot device.